While it doesn’t include a huge number of shoes, Columbia-Montrail’s 2020 trail running shoe lineup offers runners a few different options to suit specific needs, and is particularly appealing for those not looking to drop a ton of money on their next pair of shoes. Check out our Brand Guide to see how each shoe differs and which might be worth a look from you.
Spanning more than two-dozen models that range from road trainers to mud-specific racers, Inov-8’s 2020 lineup has a bit of everything, but it can be a bit confusing to sort through it all. Check out our Brand Guide to see what sets each shoe apart from the others, and figure out which ones might make sense for you.
Hoka’s shoe lineup is now more diverse than ever: they still make plenty of maximal, high-cushion shoes, but they also offer a lot of more minimal options for both roads and trails, as well many casual variations designed to bring the brand’s comfy, plush ride to everyday shoes. Check out our Brand Guide for a rundown on their entire 2020 lineup.
The original La Sportiva Lycan was designed to be a softer, wider, and more cushioned shoe for mellow, smooth trails. But with the new Lycan II, they went in a very different direction, positioning it as a mid-distance shoe for “rocky and highly technical terrain.” So how do the two versions compare, and why should you opt for the Lycan II over Sportiva’s numerous other “mountain running” shoes?